Online Activism and Its Consequences


Please note this article’s featured image is but a joke. It should become evident while reading.

As technology advances, the extremely online personalities of social media begin to hold a larger stake in our opinions; influencing our actions as well as the bedrock, structural beliefs by which those actions are justified. In principle, it does not seem to be a contentious argument to say that what we see online effects what we do – whether it is direct social or political action, or the simple execution of day-to-day activities.

We can follow up this point with another, although perhaps a bit more contentious. Given that much of human interaction is facilitated through web-based mediums, our level of anonymity (or at least our perception of anonymity) is heightened. This distanced and faceless interaction allows for one’s more radical opinions to take the forefront in our online persona, as opposed to a personal face-to-face interaction, which would not facilitate an expression of radical opinion. We are far more likely to express socially, culturally, economically, or politically radical opinions on the internet than we are to express them in a conversation with the people surrounding us.

It is my observation that this lack of inhibition regarding the expression of radical opinions lends itself to, and only to, the expression of more radical opinions. It is also my observation that in the socio-political landscape this promotion and expedition of ever more radical opinions occurs in a consistently leftward trend. Though the argument could be made (as many have) that all of history consists of a leftward trend. Or if that is too extreme, perhaps we can agree that on an individual basis, empires tend to start on an intensely conservative socio-political plane, and as they grow older, gradually slide into a liberal, and then ultimately degenerate and hedonistic one as they find themselves on their last legs. Though I do believe there is correlation, I am not proposing that there is a causation between the decay of conservative (religious or otherwise) morality, and the death of empires on an individual basis (Roman Empire, Weimar Republic, United States, Holy Roman Empire, British Empire, etc.).

It is becoming increasingly clear that this sort of Web 2.0 revolution, the resulting leftward trend on the extremely online user’s psyche, and its consequences have been a disaster for the human race. Consider the following:

Some time within the last decade, the transgender phenomena began to step out from the shadows and within very little time was actively promoted by much of the corporate and political establishment. Contest this if you like, but I think many of us see that an agenda does exist, even without making any claims on the validity of said agenda.

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The point here is not to disparage any group of people, but rather to simply state that even as recently as ten years ago, there would have been massive uproar over this kind of thing. If it’s progress, it’s progress. I’m not here to make a judgement call, but simply to state that this is a fairly new phenomena – not necessarily the acceptance of homosexuality, mind you, but of everything after the ‘B’ in LGBT.

The purpose for mentioning the LGBT community is simply to show that precisely because of those extremely online people who set the trend of the next radical opinion, the LGBT community is now wholeheartedly accepted by (not all, obviously) but many in the political establishment as well as corporations. Yes, I do understand that it is ‘pride month,’ and that in a few days all these corporate logos will return to their original state, and yes, I do understand those in the LGBT community who might say that such corporations are merely pandering to a socially liberal consumer base so that they may profit – I do not disagree, and again, am not taking a decisive side other than to lay out what I observe as a socio-politically leftward shift.

In a nutshell, the overarching point is that the extremely online trendsetters that I have described, are very effectively moving the Overton Window leftward, and as a result changing what is and what is not acceptable. Things that were unthinkable twenty years ago are now policy, and things what were never even spoken of are now somewhere between radical and acceptable.

overton window diagram

A perfect example of this is the very new phenomena of things like Drag Queen Story Hour, drag kids, bolstered by featured articles with headlines like ‘Children Can Handle The Kink’ of Pride Parades, Says LGBTQ Activists.

At this point, one might not like it, but this is an absolutely abhorrent and sickening form of child abuse by sexualizing children who are not old enough to know why they shouldn’t eat three bowls of ice cream at night or why the people in front of them at the pride parade are urinating on one another.

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A large driver of the increase in radical content online is the social signal that accompanies confirmation bias or praise from others. Bear in mind that I am not using social signaling in a derogatory way here. I have signaled many times just within this article (especially in the above passage) but much of which is unintentional. What seems to be the easiest explanation for things like the above picture is still a complicated explanation nonetheless.

Trendsetters on the internet send signals to one another through social media. These trendsetters are not only groups of individuals, but would also include NGOs, government officials, as well as transnational elites and their large corporations. This does not mean that it is these groups, and these groups only, that are the drivers of social agendas, but these are some of the most frequent. From these trendsetters, the message trickles down to journalists and the media at large, as well as any extremely online individual. These extremely online individuals project the message outwards in order to signal that they not only agree with the new trend, but that they help in the setting and defense of the trend.

Journalists and television media will write articles and run segments on the morning news about the trend, exposing it to the masses in a way that they too can signal upwards that they are worthy. Finally, the message slowly trickles down to those who find themselves engaged with any of the aforementioned content or content creators, and is normally associated with positive feelings like safety or tolerance (in the case of the left) or justice and righteousness (in the case of the right).

It is in this manner that we see a mother, father, married couple, or any other kind of caregiver displaying typical symptoms of Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy (MSbP). As recently as ten years ago, the thought of bringing your prepubescent child to a specialized hospital to undergo hormone blocking chemical treatment, dressing your child in drag and allowing them to take photos with nude middle aged men, or assuring everyone else on Facebook that yes, your child is, in fact, transgender, and that it doesn’t matter how young they are, they can make that decision – would not have been a thought at all. Yet signals from the media tell us this is a good thing. Mothers and fathers are told implicitly and subversively that it is cool to have a homosexual or transgender child; all the while, how is a child to react when exposed to things that they shouldn’t be exposed to until a much older age: “I said I was a girl, and now mommy gives me more attention.”

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